A Deeper Faith

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Hebrews 1:3) 
The realm of God is beyond our comprehension and right in front of our nose! 
We begin our journey by having experiences with God that build our faith, but grow into confidence regardless of what is seen and unseen. 

The reality of God does not have to be seen by those who trust Him…faith is so we can know Him more.  
It’s hard to explain trusting God to others because it is a mix of blind faith and unshakeable experience.  

Let what I have seen you do form a deeper faith in me for what I have yet to see! 
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) 
What I loved about this devotion is the truth behind it.  Faith is to believe what we do not see and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. Faith never knows exactly where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading. 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Trust in The Lord

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) 
Trust is part of any healthy relationship. 
However, past hurts or life experiences can make it hard to trust.  

You might even find yourself questioning who is reliable, truthful, or able to support you emotionally.  
Yet, Proverbs says to trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  

That is because our hearts and minds can lead us astray. 
When we set out on our own without God’s input, we can get lost or off track—like taking a hike without a map or compass. 

However, as we lean into God’s Word and His wisdom, we are promised that He will make our path straight. 
He will guide us and show us which way to go

Take a moment to reflect on your day. Are there any areas of your life you struggling to give the Lord? Is there anything that is weighing heavily on your heart? Allow God’s peace and wisdom to penetrate the deepest fears and biggest concerns of your life. He will guide and protect you!! 
When I read this devotion I was reminded of the very scripture God placed on my heart the past couple of days, Proverbs 2:25-26, Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. Faith does not mean trusting God to stop the storm, but trusting Him to strengthen us as we walk through the storm. 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Speaking Of Faith in Action

And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. (John 5:5-9) 
Picture this scene: An old man is lying beside the healing pools of Bethesda. He had been sick and paralyzed for 38 years. Jesus walks by and says to him, “Do you wish to get well?” Now come on, could there be a more obvious question than this? Everyday, people have been carrying him on his mat, laying him by the pool, and hoping for healing. Then Jesus comes up and asks if he wants to get well. Why in the world would He ask a question like that?
Jesus asks this question because He knew that for 38 years this man had been totally dependent on others. He lived a life of dependency. And if he is healed, then he’s going to have to start showing initiative and taking personal responsibility for himself. And that’s why Jesus asks him, “Do you want to get well?” Jesus had the power to completely transform this man’s life.
You see, Jesus was highlighting an interesting facet of human nature: dependency on anything is incredibly addictive. So, how does this man answer Jesus’ question? With classic victimization mindset, he blames someone else for the fact that he is still unwell. “I can’t get well, because I have no one to help me into the pool,” the man says (My Paraphrase John 5: 7). Because of his disability, he’s blaming others and seeing himself as a victim. Jesus said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
Let’s break down what’s happening:
  • “Stand up.” — It took a lot of faith for that man who’s been trapped in that paralyzed body to stand up, but the man stood up.
  •  “Pick up your mat.” — The man had to take responsibility for himself; he couldn’t depend on others carrying him anymore. The man picked up his mat.
  •  “Walk.” — In other words, it was a command for this man to leave his former life where he had been totally dependent on others. So, what happened? The man began to walk!

That man left his old life, where he had been so incapacitated for all those years, to live a new life, all thanks to the supernatural healing power of Jesus. 

Are you caught in the trap of dependency? Look to Jesus. Through faith, He will give you the power to change your life — whether you are supernaturally healed or not.
What a powerful devotion. I pray it touches someone’s life is such a way you realize today that as this devotion says, He will give you the power to change your life.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!
Today’s Reading is Proverbs 15:23

Walking by Faith

For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:5-7)



Christians generally associate faith with their salvation experience, and rightly so. By believing in Christ, we enter into a relationship with Him. But that’s not the end—after that initial decision comes a lifetime of walking with Him.


Since the word walk is used to describe behavior and conduct, we may mistakenly conclude that after salvation, the Christian life is all about performance. But today’s verses clearly state that we walk with Christ in the same way we received Him—by faith. This means we place our trust in Him for every circumstance of life. To help us understand this, Paul uses some phrases in verse 7 that describe how confidence in God grows:


“Having been firmly rooted”—At the moment of salvation, believers are planted in Christ. As we anchor ourselves in the Lord, our roots grow deep, drawing spiritual nourishment from Him.


“Being built up in Him”—Through obedience, the believer’s life is built on the foundation of the Savior. God wants us to choose precious and valuable building materials that will last into eternity (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).


“Established in your faith”—As we begin to understand more about the Lord and how He operates, our trust in Him increases. Then we experience stability, even in the winds of adversity.


In our goal-oriented society, it’s easy to forget that walking in Christ is a process. While on earth, we never “arrive” but are slowly transformed along the way. As we trust the Lord, our hearts will overflow with gratitude for all His blessings and the stability He offers in every circumstance.


I was encouraged by this devotion. I think as Christians we can be so overwhelmed by trying to “arrive” that we loose site of the true purpose of salvation and what God truly wants for us. Realize today that you are slowly transforming and it’s okay to go slow, He is with you every step of your journey helping you along the way. I realize we are our own worse critic, but today rest in knowing He offers true stability in every circumstance. One day we will stand before Him and I pray you hear, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. It will be in that moment in eternity that we have truly arrived. Until then, just keep putting one foot in front of the other and find the beauty in walking with Him each and every day. Walk by faith! 


Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!


Today’s Reading is Psalm 27:14 

Genuine Faith

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (James 1:2-3) 
Jesus was very popular early on in His ministry, especially after performing His most popular miracle to date: the feeding of the five thousand. Now we’re talking—a guy who gives us free lunch! This is awesome! The crowds swelled. Huge multitudes followed Him. So Jesus turned to them and challenged them, and the result was that many turned away. They weren’t following Jesus for the right reasons. 
Some people say they are Christians, but then, when a little hardship comes their way, they say they don’t believe anymore. They claim to have lost their faith. Their faith was worthless in that case, because the faith that can’t be tested is the faith that can’t be trusted. 
If you were to tell me that you’ve lost your faith because of a hardship or difficulty, then I would tell you that I’m glad you lost that faith—because it wasn’t real faith at all. If you have real faith in God, then it won’t be weakened by calamity; it will be strengthened by it. If you have real faith, then it will grow through hardship. That is what the Bible teaches.
Tragedy, hardship, and trials don’t produce faith as much as they reveal it. If your faith is really in Jesus, then you will get through the storms of life. If you tell me that you turned away from God because of something that happened in your life, then my question is do you even have faith? Maybe it’s time to get some. 
Jesus thinned out the ranks of His so-called followers. Gideon did the same when God called him into battle against the Midianites. Why? Because God can do more with three hundred committed people than with ten thousand halfhearted people. And He is still looking for committed people today. 
When I first read this devotion it struck a cord in my spirit and I felt this message needed to be shared. I was honestly hesitant to share it despite the truth behind it but it’s our responsibility as children of God to share the truth in love. How committed are you, do you have real faith? If you have real faith, then it will grow through hardship. 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!
Today’s Reading is Proverbs 17:24 

Just Step Out in Faith

And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. (Joshua 2:11)

Joshua sent two men to the enemy city of Jericho to spy out the land. Of all of the places they could end up staying, they lodged in the home of a harlot named Rahab. Once the king of Jericho heard of their whereabouts, he sent his men to go and find them, and the first place they went to was Rahab’s home. Instead of turning them in, she hid them and protected them from being caught. In return for her loyalty and faith in Israel’s God, she and her family were spared when the city walls of Jericho came down.

It is interesting to note that up until this time, neither she nor the inhabitants of Jericho had actually seen any of the Israelites. But they had heard of them. They heard of their conquests in the desert and how the Lord had parted the Red Sea. At this point, the Red Sea parting had occurred some forty years earlier. The fear of the Lord caused this response from Rahab; she knew which side she needed to be on. God had prepared the way by moving on Rahab’s heart even before these two men entered Jericho. The Israelites were about to take over the Promised Land, not because of their strength, but because of the Lord’s promise and power.

The same is true for us today. As Christians, we are blessed to live in God’s promises. The Bible is filled with His promises for us. Sometimes, the new land is hard to see and even harder to walk through, but if we just step out in faith, we will see how God has taken care of every step we need to take. As the Lord leads you in His purposes for your life, you will see how He has prepared even those around you. As God would continue to tell Joshua, “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9) Take this message with you today and go forth in all that the Lord is leading you to do. The Jordan River will part for you when the Lord sends you in. 

This devotion blessed me, it reminded me that wherever God is leading, He has already made a way, in ways that are beyond what my mind can imagine. I doubt anyone thought Rahab would be the one to protect them and keep them from being caught but God made a way before they even got to Jericho and He chose Rahab. You never know who God will use to bless you when you take the step of faith and trust Him to guide your every footstep. Isaiah 43:16-19 says, Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Just Step Out in Faith!

Have a beautiful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Romans 10:9

Child-Like Faith

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. (Mark 10:15)

My sister and I had a good laugh the other day as we shared a conversation she had with her granddaughter. There was a minor problem with her car engine so my sister reached in the glove compartment for the owner’s manual. As she was looking through the pages, her granddaughter said, “Mamaw, why are you looking in that book?” To which my sister replied, “Because I want to fix this problem with my car.” At that point, little 4 year-old Emma ran into the house and came out with her own book. “Here, Mamaw, this book will tell you how to fix your car.” My sister looked at the book and said, “It is your Bible, Emma.” “Yes, Mamaw, everything you need to know is in this book, even how to fix your car.” What great faith!

I wonder how much more God would fix in our lives if we truly lived out what the Bible teaches us. Little Emma is right when she says that her book has all of the answers. God’s Word has the answer for every question we have and for every step we need to take. The only thing we need to do is to have the faith to believe it and obey.

Pray for that child-like faith today and ask the Lord to plant His Word on your heart and mind. “Meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)

I was blessed by today’s devotion. I believe at times we become so consumed and overwhelmed with “adult life” that we tend to see life through foggy glasses, just sort of getting by from day to day, slowly loosing that child like faith we all once had. Today, let’s be obedient, have that child like faith and seek God’s word for the answers we need in our lives. It’s truly that simple. Have the faith to believe it and obey. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).
Have a beautiful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Hebrews 11:6

Your Harvest is Due

Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness. (2 Corinthians 9:10)

Have you ever said, “When God when?” He hears you and He will answer you in due season.

So many times I want things now! I want to see the fruit of my sowing now as I cry out to God, “I’ve been faithful to sow! I am your servant; hear my cries. When Lord? When will you come and heal? When will you increase my substance? When will you answer?” Just when.

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “All good things come to those who wait.” It is somewhat true. I’d like to add the words, “…on God while continuing to sow.” If you continue to sow the seeds God has given you to sow, you will reap a good harvest in due season. However, only He knows which season.

Your job is to keep plowing and sowing precious seed. Cultivate your crops. Weed. Spray some bug repellant so the locust don’t eat up your crops. Pray for rain, your season of harvest is coming!

The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. (Psalm 145:14-15)

Some seasons are short and some are forever long, but He knows your “due season” for a bountiful harvest. Don’t give up plowing! I know it gets hard and the sun is hot, but keep tending your fields! Harvest time is coming!

Father God, Lord of our harvest, give us strength for our season of plowing that we may reap a bountiful harvest in due season! In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!

When I read this is made me think about the service we had yesterday in church. Our pastor reminded us that FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real but if we would replace FEAR with FAITH, Father All In Thy Hands and trust Him that He is The Lord of our harvest, He will give us strength for our season of plowing in ways we never imagined. He is faithful.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is 2 Corinthians 9:10-15

By Faith

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

The Hebrews 11 definition of faith is pretty straight forward. The Christian faith means confidently hope in the promises of God. Not pretend to “hope” but actually pessimistically doubt, we are to confidently hope. There ought to be a certain bounce in our step because our confidence in God’s promises is so great. We know He will fulfill His commitments to us.

Our confidence in His promises come from our assurance in what we do not see. This is such a hard thing because we humans don’t see a whole lot. For starters, we don’t even get to see God Himself. We are taking it on faith that He even exists. It’s not a baseless faith, but it is faith without sight. And we also don’t get to see how God is working for us behind the scenes and out of our sight. This blindness can often be a harder leap of faith then the leap in believing in God at all. Not knowing how God is going to work all things together for our good and yet remaining confident in our hope in Him? That’s not an easy ask. But it’s not one the Lord asks of us ignorantly either. While God doesn’t know what ignorance is like, He knows us. He created us and He perfectly comprehends how we function and how challenging it is for us to walk faithfully when we cannot see what the full picture of what is happening or how it will end.

The mystery of faith and the assurance about what we don’t see has been compared to quilt-making. On the underside of the quilt, all you can see is the knots, the apparently hapless crisscrossing of different threads and colors. It looks like a disaster, a mess. But on the right side of the quilt, we see a beautifully embroidered pattern, one that could only be wrought by a master seamstress. We live on the underside of the quilt. But we like to think that we are living on the right side of the quilt, so when things go wrong, we panic and think that the design of our lives has gone terribly wrong and that everything is ruined. But there is a master Designer knitting and knotting us into a beautiful work that only He can see. We have to trust that the knots and messes of our lives are being worked out into beauty as our God has promised. We are to have assurance that He sees what we do not and confident hope in the promises He has made to us.

When I read this it blessed me and I wanted to share it with someone today. I trust there is someone who needed this today. What a mighty God we serve.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Hebrews 11